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Albina Co., Inc. Virtual & Aerial Tour 2020
Albina Co., Inc. Virtual & Aerial Tour 2020

Take a journey in, above and around our production shop and office with this high resolution virtual and aerial tour of Albina Co, Inc. See our state of the art roll bending machines in action from a plan view, soar through our bays, watch our certified welders in action, and take a peek into our office and newly renovated lunch and conference rooms.

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith of Albina Co., Inc.-"Is Your Business Honorable? Do You Take Pride in the Service and Product That You Provide?"
Albina's number one goal is to provide customers with competitively priced steel bending services resulting in quality products, on time. We honor our commitment to this goal by continuously fulfilling our obligations and meeting our customers needs. We have a very high regard and respect for our customers, vendors and employees and we hold many of them in very high esteem as if they were a part of our own family. We are proud of the many partnerships and relationships that we have built over the years. The reason we have such longstanding relationships in the steel bending industry, is not only because we have been around for nearly 80 years, but because of the pride that we take in the quality of our work and the service that we provide on each and every job. We feel satisfied only when the commitments we have made to our partners are fulfilled. Pride is not only reflected by our team putting our hearts and souls into your end product, but can also be seen in our many efforts to improve our working environment and the community around us. a) Albina Co., Inc. donates to many local and national Charitable Organizations including CONSANO, Meals on Wheels PDX, The Hunger Drive, Assistance League of Greater Portland, Sherwood Education Foundation, Local Sports Teams, etc. b) We purchase steel from service centers in the USA. Our bent steel products are "Made In The USA" out of our facility in Oregon. c) We have taken many steps to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our power usage. In the last 12 months we have undergone significant capital expense to "do our part" by installing a 134.4 kW solar array and we replaced every interior and exterior lighting fixture / bulb with LED replacements. d) Recent Upgrades to our phone systems and internal camera systems to increase our ability to communicate, track and share real time data seamlessly within our shop and externally with customers and vendors. e) We have made huge efforts over the last few years to bring in new equipment, service/update older equipment, and we have actually designed and built our very own, one-of-a-kind, CNC induction bending process. It is small companies like ours that will make American great again because we run an honorable business and we take pride in our work. We are all learning, that in this very difficult and scary time in our world, that it is the little things that matter and it is the intangibles that help determine who, what, when, where and why you should do business with someone. [caption id="attachment_1240" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]Brian and Jaime Smith- Happy 4th of July! Happy 4th of July! We like to spend America's Birthday with family and friends. We have spent many 4th of July weekends at the beautiful Oregon Coast, in the Central Oregon high desert, or just hanging around the neighborhood having BBQ's and enjoying the amazing Oregon summers. We wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July! [/caption]
"New-Shoring" Trend Boosts US Manufacturing Market
Unlike "reshoring" — which implies bringing jobs back to the United States that had previously left — many small businesses are "new-shoring" their products, which means starting from scratch right here in the States. Rich Thomas wrote an article titled "Why ‘New-Shoring’ Is the New School of Manufacturing for Small Business". He claims it may cost a little more, but by locally prototyping and building the first few batches of your product close to you, you’ll be able to see and fix potential issues and confidently get your item to mass market.
"Made in the USA" Bent Steel Projects
Albina was just awarded another project consisting of 1,050 pieces of 2" OD X .065" WALL 6061-T6 ALUM. These parts are being processed complete by Albina (cut, bent, trimmed, drilled and machined) and the work was moved to Albina from China because the customer required better quality and a more favorable lead-time. In addition, the customer was pleasantly surprised with the competitive pricing we were able to provide on the job. The lowest price should not be the main determining factor when choosing a steel bending contractor. See our "Why Curved Steel" section of the website to read about why you should choose Albina as you steel bending expert.
Projects Requiring Bent Steel Should be "Made in the USA!"
Manufacturing projects, including those that specify bent steel applications, should be "made in the USA." Sending projects, small or large, overseas is not always the most cost effective way to get the job done. Albina Co., Inc. has proven that we can provide competitively priced, higher quality runs than international alternatives. Keeping manufacturing projects in the USA allows for better lead-times, better inventory control, and better cash flow options for customers. Albina Co., Inc. has worked with both well-established manufacturing firms requiring high production runs, as well as smaller start-ups looking for protypes to provide more cost-effective solutions than overseas alternatives. Some examples of products we have helped produce on American soil include frames and components for the electric automotive market, various parts for alternative energy technologies, aluminum and stainless lifts for the marine industry, tradeshow displays and components and parts for power tools.